When we were young, we were taught the concept of heroes as those who needed to die for a worthy cause.
With technological advances and the evolution of social media, the twenty first century saw a paradigm shift of who and what a hero can be. The hero could be a real one or pigment of one’s imagination depending on the platform he/she was generated from.
Creating positive changes in the lives of people we serve or the community we live in may spark the hero in you. The late Christopher Reeves had once said, that a hero is “an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
In this day and age of populist politics globally, there is a dire want for a hero to emerge from the rubbles. Deception, lies and propagandist agenda are eroding the very core of whatever values are left in many of us. When people who have no moral compass lead the gullible, we end up being boxed in a situation where we are forced to reconcile with rationalising that wrong is right. And that’s a bad thing because the only reason we begin to imbibe disinformation is when there are personal agenda and become indoctrinated at circumventing logic.
Mark Manson, author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” has a new book entitled “Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope” hits the mark when he points out:
Bravery is common. Resilience is common. But heroism has a philosophical component to it. There’s some great “Why?” that heroes bring to the table – some incredible cause or belief that goes unshaken, no matter what. And this is why, as a culture, we are so desperate for a hero today: not because things are necessarily so bad, but because we’ve lost the clear “Why?” that drove previous generations.
We are a culture in need not of peace or prosperity or new hood ornaments for our electric cars. We have all that. We are a culture in need of something far more precarious. We are a culture and a people in need of hope.
I would like to believe that the relative joy altruism brings, still sparks in each of us. In spite of all the noise that clutters a populist era, there are those who fight for an egalitarian society based on the principles of justice and truth. A culture of good should never be perturbed by a society that lacks accountability to its people.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld puts it correctly when he says that “there are heroes in evil as well as in good.”
The choice of evil versus good is ours to make. As our national hero Jose P. Rizal puts it bluntly, “there can be no tyrants where there are no slaves.”